ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque Police Department said 47-year-old Gabriel Garcia, who was shot by police Wednesday morning, has been released from the University of New Mexico Hospital and booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center.
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Police say officers were sent to the area near the Candelaria Business Center around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning in reference to a shot spotter alert. They say when officers arrived they found Garcia who appeared to be trying to break into a DK convenience store down the street. Police say he took off running towards the business center and began throwing large rocks at an officer. At some point, Garcia was shot. A gun was not found on the scene.
No officers were injured during the incident. APD Chief of Police Harold Medina said Garcia has a history with the business he was tampering with. “Apparently the individual has had some kind of history at this location because the officers recognized him from previous video,” Medina said.
In a press release Wednesday afternoon, APD says one of the officers who was running after Garcia lost his body camera but that he stopped to pick it up before continuing the pursuit.
Garcia has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, breaking and entering, possession of burglary tools, criminal damage to property, and resisting arrest.